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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

‘A masterpiece’ – Max Porter

«On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a masterpiece: a staggeringly beautiful book, full of wisdom and pain. It seems obvious now, though it didn’t before, that a young gay poet born in Saigon would write the Great American Novel. I really think it’s that. A huge gift to the world.»

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The New York Times bestselling debut novel from the prize-winning prodigy

Detaljer

Forlag
Vintage
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
Sider
256
ISBN
9781529110685
Utgivelsesår
2020
Format
20 x 13 cm
Priser
Long-listed for Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 UK.

Om forfatteren

Ocean Vuong is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds and the New York Times bestselling novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. A recipient of the 2019 MacArthur "Genius" Grant, he is also the winner of the Whiting Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. His writings have been featured in Atlantic, Harper's Magazine, Nation, New Republic, New Yorker, and the New York Times. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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«On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a masterpiece: a staggeringly beautiful book, full of wisdom and pain. It seems obvious now, though it didn’t before, that a young gay poet born in Saigon would write the Great American Novel. I really think it’s that. A huge gift to the world.»

«Readers who are familiar with Vuong’s poetry will recognise in this book the same lyricism, the same skill in turning a beautiful and poignant phrase which renders many of Vuong’s pronouncements timeless, lending them the quality of adages and deeply-earned wisdom… This is certainly a courageous work; some of the details of the young narrator’s relationship (particularly his sexual relationship) with Trevor seem new to fictionThis is a work that has much to say, and is in many respects worthy of attention.»

Seán Hewitt, Irish Times

«Disarmingly frank, raw in subject matter but polished in style and language, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous reveals the strengths and limitations of human connection and the importance of speaking your truth.»

BookPage

«[Vuong's] first foray into fiction is poetic in the deepest sense - not merely on the level of language, but in its structure and its intelligence... The result is an uncategorizable hybrid of what reads like memoir, bildungsroman, and book-length poem. More important than labels, though, is the novel's earnest and open-hearted belief in the necessity of stories and language for our survival. A raw and incandescently written foray into fiction by one of our most gifted poets.»

Kirkus (starred review)

«Casting a truly literary spell, Vuong's tale of language and origin, beauty and the power of story, is an enrapturing first novel.»

Booklist (starred review)

«Vuong’s gift lies in his ability to write with beautiful specificity while digging into the wounds of immigration, culture, queerness and memory. I’ve read many very good books in 2019 but none have obliterated me like On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

Katie Goh, Skinny, *Books of the Year*

«A story that is deeply relatable, understandable and can find common currency with us all. He uses his differences to connect us, to show the links that bind us, to explore violence, masculinity, poverty and yearning… you’ll quickly get carried away by his undercurrents into spaces and places you’d perhaps never thought of exploring or even realised existed.»

Gscene

«For a long time after I read this, I could still feel the impact of his story. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is an experience that you need to have.»

DIVA

«I read the novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong while on tour and the language often stopped me in my tracks... powerful.»

Dua Lipa, Guardian, *Summer Reads of 2023*

«Inventive... [On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous] just stops you as a reader to marvel at the beautifully constructed narrative»

Art Newspaper

«An engrossing coming-of-age story.»

Mariella Frostrup, Sunday Times

«[A] triumphant debut novel... On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous felt like a true masterpiece being crafted before my eyes, and I was devastated to see the novel draw to a close. I truly can't recommend this book highly enough - I don't remember the last time I was so floored after reading something that I had to take the rest of the day off speaking to family... a passionate, eye-opening journey, and is most certainly one to be added to your lockdown reading list.»

Rebecca Scott, Glasgow Guardian

«Beautifully written... Unlike anything I have read before»

Ellie Down, Exeposé

«[Vuong] is an author of incredible and magical talent, with many of his paragraphs reading like the most beautiful poetry... An absolute must-read»

Glamour

«Raw, lyrical and at times hearth-wrenching, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a book of real beauty»

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«So very full of beauty and power. Also, grace.»

Tommy Orange, Observer, *Books of the Year*

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